First, some facts, and then, an explanation.
Fact 1- When Bill Clinton left office the US had a budget surplus.
Fact 2- George Bush inherited that budget surplus.
Fact 3- George Bush pushed, along with Congress, far reaching tax cuts.
Fact 4- Those tax cuts affected every segment of society, from the welfare poor to the super rich.
Fact 5- Those tax cuts produced a gigantic budget shortfall.
Fact 6- The present budget crisis is a result – directly – of the Bush tax cuts (and defense spending).
Fact 7- The crisis cannot be corrected without tax hikes and spending cuts.
Those seven facts are irrefutable. They are absolute truth. Now then, why will Americans elect politicians who will lie to them? And why do they love them?
Simply put, because every segment of American society is as greedy as the rest. The welfare poor are just as greedy as the super rich. You can see them hovering around the Post Office or their mailbox awaiting ‘their’ money on the first of the month and at tax season ‘their refund’ for ‘their’ earned income credit. And you can see the middle class demanding retention of ‘their’ mortgage interest deduction. And you can see the rich demanding ‘their’ investment income deduction.
Or, in short, everyone has their hand out in one way or another. Everyone. America, it seems, is a country driven not by communal concern but by individual greed. ‘It’s the economy, stupid’ is the same thing as ‘it’s greed, stupid’. Americans are no longer willing to sacrifice for the greater good. Americans only care about their own self interests.
Hence, so do our politicians. The truth, you see, the ugly horrid truth is that our politicians don’t lead, they follow. They follow the public and the public wants its bread and circuses. And that’s all it wants. And so it elects people who lie about the problem facing America and they do so with open eyes. ‘Lie to me; tell me you’ll cut my taxes; tell me I’ll have money in my bank account. I’ll vote for you‘. That’s America’s motto. And it’s a motto driven by the most perverse focus on self that America has ever seen in all its history.
America has – and elects – the very politicians it deserves. It elects the man in the mirror.